BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP)— A “used” Zach Britton Orioles jersey went for nearly $3,000 on the Major League Baseball’s online auction on Sunday night.
The item, which sold for $2,650, was Britton’s jersey worn during the October 4, 2016 Wild Card game against the Blue Jays.
But it depends how you define used.
Britton was left in the bullpen that Postseason game that lasted 11 innings–a decision that manager Buck Showalter stands by.
“(Britton) was fine,” Showalter said, adding that “I considered a lot of things during the course of the game, but our guys did a good job getting us to that point. We just couldn’t finish it off. Yeah, he was available.”
Britton converted all 47 of his save chances during the regular season, but the All-Star closer wasn’t among the seven pitchers Baltimore used in the winner-take-all game.
He warmed up three times.
“It’s frustrating but it’s not my call,” Britton said. “It was just frustrating to have to sit there and watch.”
Instead, Showalter used Ubaldo Jimenez in the 11th which ultimately led to a season ending 5-2 loss against the Blue Jays with a home run by Edwin Encarnacion.
Regarding the auction–Britton says not so fast.